Ryan McKay was born and raised in Rolling River First Nation by his late grandparents, Herman & Alice Mckay. His grandparents were both residential school survivors and instilled in Ryan the importance of maintaining his cultural identity through traditional language, storytelling, singing, ceremony and dance. After leaving his First Nation in his mid 20’s, Ryan moved to Brandon, Manitoba where he obtained a diploma in Aboriginal Community Development and also attended Brandon University for three years before moving to Winnipeg in 2011. Ryan has worked in the Winnipeg community in various social service agencies and is currently employed with the Spence Neighborhood Association as the Indigenous Input into Local Housing Project Manager. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys spending time with his children, playing pool and attending ceremonies and pow wows.